Bringing Sparkle to Bath at Christmas
A packed package of traditional fun and seasonal experiences, including details of a spectacular city light trail, have been launched as part of 'Bath at Christmas' – a festive programme to help the city sparkle and attract visitors this festive season.
Bath & North East Somerset Council, Bath Business Improvement District, Visit West, SouthGate Bath and Milsom Place are working together on the ‘Bath at Christmas’ programme.
Go to Bath BID https://www.welcometobath.co.uk/christmas/ and Visit Bath www.visitbath.co.uk/Christmas for inspirational features showcasing Bath at Christmas event listings, things to do, where to eat and drink and places to stay. A virtual online Christmas Market will launch on November 1.
Beautiful Christmas lights will go on across the city as well as Combe Down and Larkhall from November 18 and a Christmas Light Trail, organised by Bath & North East Somerset Council and Bath BID will illuminate iconic city buildings.
The official Bath Christmas Light Trail Switch-On is in Milsom Street at 5pm on November 25, which will also see the launch of Thursday evening late-night Christmas shopping. The city buildings will be illuminated every day until December 31. You can browse an interactive Christmas Light Trail map at https://www.welcometobath.co.uk/bath-christmas-light-trail/
The council is also working in partnership with Town Councils on their switch-on dates for Keynsham, Midsomer Norton and Radstock.
Here are some of the main events taking place in Bath over the coming weeks:
The Elves’ Swapshop
26th November to 21st December
Father Christmas and his elves have joined the upcycling revolution! This year, they invite children to visit the fascinating Elves’ Swapshop in the Milsom Street area, where they are training the Share and Repair volunteers how to mend toys and give them a new, loving home.
Children are welcomed along to see the fabulous Elf-O-Matic toy upcycler in action by bringing an old toy to be shared with another lucky child. With the help of the Elf-O-Matic technology, the elves will make sure that the toy is safe and clean and ready for its new home. Everyone who brings in a toy can see the machine in action and will be invited to take home a new toy of their choice.
Tickets will be available for a workshop demo and a jolly singalong with the elves for children and their families, with group visits available for a maximum of eight children with two adults. Keep an eye out on this page for booking information.
Museum of the Moon
19th November to 26th December
Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram.
Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents five kilometres of the moon’s surface.
The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.
Visit the Museum of the Moon at Bath Abbey for Christmas carols, magical storytelling and moon-gazing with the Bath Astronomers in the Abbey’s newly restored worship space.
Bath on Ice
12th November to 3rd January
Bath on Ice is back! Get your skates on and head to Royal Victoria Park from 12th November to 3rd January for some festive fun on the rink.
Bath on Ice’s Moguls Bar will be serving delicious food, spicy mulled wine and hot chocolate; ideal to warm up and get into the festive spirit.
After the challenging Christmas many people experienced last season, the Bath on Ice team are more intent than ever to help make this one extra special!
26th November to 19th December
From Friday 26th November to Sunday 19th December, a selection of local artisan makers will be on show in Bath’s iconic Abbey Quarter, displaying their unique crafts.
From blankets and Christmas decorations, to festive food and jewellery, grab a gift for the whole family. welcometobath.co.uk/event/artisan-makers
And visitors can also enjoy:
- Bath Artisan Market in Queen Square from 20th November until 19th December
- A Victorian carousel ride outside the Roman Baths
- Street entertainment and carol singing
- Weekend pop-up shops at 15 New Bond Street and 15 Cheap Street throughout November and December
Councillor Dine Romero, cabinet member for Children and Young People, Communities and Culture, said: “I know many are looking forward to the outdoor events and entertainment happening across Bath at Christmas, and there will be lots of light and sparkle for everyone to enjoy. We want people to enjoy a safe and happy Bath at Christmas. We are encouraging residents and visitors to enjoy the city and all it has to offer but also to be mindful that we still to take some precautions to reduce the spread of Covid.”